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564 TALKS ON u AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER "
Then you find out more emd more how very easy
it is to take things wrongly. Most especially a person
who thinks much about himself will take everything
very wrongly. I have had example after example of
that. One says something of quite a general nature.
Some person, unable to believe that anyone can be
thinking or speaking of anyone but of him, naturally
takes it as personal. The harm done by such mis-
understanding is almost infinite.
The only thing that we can do is to be exceedingly
careful not to assign motives or meanings to what
other people say. Take what they say, and put the
best construction you can upon it. Generally speak-
ing, you will be right in doing so ; sometimes, perhaps,
you may be wrong. It is a thousand times better
that you should be wrong twenty times, a hundred
times, in thinking well of a person, than that you
should even once be wrong in thinking ill. Therefore
one should be careful not to impute motives.
One of the experiments we have to make in the
course of training is to identify ourselves with the
consciousness of certain animals. It is merely a
question of practice. A pupil is set to do that in
order that he may be able to learn later on how to do
the same thing with other and higher consciousnesses.
Now we consider ourselves very far superior to any
kind of animal—and rightly, because we belong to a
higher kingdom. It should therefore be perfectly
simple for as to understand the mind of that animal.